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Etymology

From Old French espine (modern French épine) or its source, [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] spīna.

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Noun

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spine

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  1. A person or thing's backbone; the series of bones collectively from one's (literal or figurative) head to tail or pelvis.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 80,
      If you attentively regard almost any quadruped's spine, you will be struck with the resemblance of its vertebrae to a strung necklace of dwarfed skulls.
  2. A rigid, pointed surface protuberance or needle-like structure on an animal, shell, or plant.
  3. Courage or assertiveness.
    • 2001, Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-78512-X), page 409,
      Trademark Owners will nevertheless try to dictate how their marks are to be represented, but dictionary publishers with spine can resist such pressure.
  4. The narrow, bound edge of a book.
    • Powells Book's, rare books basics,
      Because the spine is generally all you can see when a book is on the shelf, the spine displays the title and author of the book and is often ornately decorated.

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Italian

Noun

spine f.

  1. Plural form of spina.

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